Kitchen Chalkboard Wall

We all have that one awkward wall, right? You  know the one. It’s just kind of…there. I have one of those walls too.

No, that’s not true. I have a couple of those walls, but this one in particular is in my kitchen. I’ve stared at this oddly sized wall for 5 years. I’ve tried out various wall hangings and pictures, but nothing has stuck.

And then I had an epiphany.

I was in the middle of making dinner, desperately trying to make my brain remember all the groceries I needed to buy and I thought, if I could just write this down real…Chalkboard Wall!…quick.

How in creation did I not think of this before?

Chalkboard walls are everywhere. In fact, an entire wall in my basement is dedicated to the kids chalkboard wall. Of course it makes sense to have one in the kitchen.

I was able to use some leftover trim and chalkboard paint from other projects and just bought a piece of moulding for a little added interest.

The chalkboard wall cost me a whopping $11.98. Which was the cost of a 7′ piece of moulding.

If you didn’t have trim or chalkboard paint on hand, the entire thing would cost you about $35. Still, not too shabby.

I started by marking out the space I wanted the chalkboard to be, then painted it before anything else.


Look, I colored outside the lines.

See? I can be wild and crazy.

Or perhaps it helped knowing the trim would cover it.

I used a miter saw to cut the vertical trim pieces to 42″. Then cut the moulding to 25″.

I attached the bottom piece of moulding with a brad nailer, making sure it was level. Then put up the two vertical pieces and finished it with the top piece of moulding.

It went up in about 35 seconds. I really love that nail gun.

I painted the trim white. And the chalkboard was done.

Here’s the tools I used, minus the saw and paint.


And here’s the chalkboard in its native state.


See why I wanted the moulding? The $11.98 is worth the extra detail.

I added Ikea hanging planters that will house fresh herbs. But the seedlings are still growing, so for now I’ll settle on fake plants.


I wrote down my grocery list after seasoning the chalkboard. What’s seasoning a chalkboard? You basically color the entire board with chalk, then wipe it with a soft cloth. You’ll want to do this so the first things your write on the chalkboard don’t get ‘burned’ into it.


And now I have all the space I need to write my grocery list thanks to my new chalkboard wall…and my epiphany.

Maybe you could make your awkward wall not so awkward?


Linking up with: Huckleberry Love 

About Amanda

I’m a Minnesota mama of three, wife of one, and human to our 4 legged canine friends Charlie and Jack. I’m a lover of all things DIY, coffee with cream, summer nights at the lake and good craft beer.


  1. Pure genius!

  2. Thank you Janna!

  3. Sharon | Her Organized Chaos says:

    This is PERFECT! I love that you didn’t do a whole wall, it’s framed beautifully and the little plants to add character! It’s so perfect. I would love if you linked this up to Totally Terrific Tuesday that goes live at 9pm CST. Hope to see you there!


  4. Thank you Sharon, I appreciate your kind words! I’ll see you on Totally Terrific Tuesday!

  5. I love this! I have a chalkboard in my kitchen too also using an awkward wall! I love how you framed yours out and added the plants…..it just looks stunning!

  6. dwellinginhappiness says:

    Love this so much! I love chalkboard walls. The wall you chose to put it on was just PERFECT for this! And you’re totally right, the moulding totally added a little something extra and finished it off. :) We’d love for you to link up with us at Motivational Monday, too!! Happy Monday! :)

  7. That’s really cute! I love the way it turned out :)

  8. Love this! Getting ideas for when we redo our kitchen for our Project Challege. I think this is a winner Pinned it so I won’t forget it! Found you on Totally Terrific Tuesday!
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  9. I love the look of this. I have several awkward walls too. I may just have to think about a chalkboard wall. It would be fun in an office as well!

  10. Love that you added those planters! What a great little touch to make your unique! Thanks so much for sharing at Motivational Monday. Hope to see you link up again this week!

  11. Love the chalkboard wall. It looks great in your kitchen. I have a similar space in my kitchen that could use a chalkboard.
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  12. I’m going to share this. Thanks for linking this up at Totally Terrific Tuesday last week. It goes live tonight at 9pm CST. Can’t wait to see what else you have to share! Hope to see you there!

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  13. I absolutely love this! I have a serious thing for chalkboards and would love to have a chalkboard wall in our house. The little hanging planters are also darling!
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  14. super creative!!! Pinned and following you now!! Christine from Little Brags
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  15. I am gushing over this! How beautiful is that!?! You have rocked the inspiration and I am adding this to my DIY to try. New follower, too – can’t wait to see more!
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  16. Too cute!! Looks perfect in your kitchen!! I would love for you to stop by and share your stuff at my Link Party…it’s still open!! http://www.cookinandcraftin.com/my-2-favorite-things-on-thursday-link-party-4/
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  17. This is perfect! Love the molding around the chalkboard and the planters are the perfect touch. I have one of those bare walls in my kitchen, but already have a chalkboard in there…but you gave me inspiration!

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  18. I’ve been wanting to do something like this but, the Mr. keeps telling me not to. I think he just can’t see my vision maybe if I show him your diy it’ll change his mind! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing at the party & hope to see you again soon.
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  19. I love this. Makes me wish I had an awkward wall in my kitchen to make my own! Found you at the Cook It Craft It Share it link party!
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  20. Love this just saved!!!
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  21. That looks great! I love that you framed it, really makes it look “professional” and part of the kitchen. And the little planters…adorbs!
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  22. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says:

    I absolutely love this, Amanda! I want to make one in our kitchen too and love how you did yours! Would be thrilled if you shared it (or any other post) at our link party tomorrow please! Have a great rest of the week!

  23. This is SO awesome! so easy and cute.

  24. JaneEllen says:

    I Noticed that everything in your home, I could see from your excellent photos, was done very nicely. Everything looks so nice. How do you do it? I too love the Arts&Crafts style, it’s just so dignified and cozy at same time. Gotta love it. The way you trimmed your doors is excellent. Will have to be looking for some trim we can use to do same things. This old place could use some dolling up. Glad you shared a great project that turned out so beautifully. Happy week

  25. You knocked this out of the park! The trim + plants are perfection! Love!

  26. Frances R says:

    Thanks for sharing this idea. I recently bought a home and desired to put up a chalkboard walk in my kitchen. My dilemma was how to frame it since in my last home I had it on the back of the kitchen door and that worked beautifully. Seeing your blog inspired me to stop looking for frames and to go buy some good old molding. Great idea!

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